Multiple Teeth Replacement
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SEVERAL MISSING TEETH
In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, the only fixed,non-removable option involves placement of implants. Traditional dentures cannot offer the same stability or function.
Having dental implants replacing your missing teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your bone and facial appearance.
After the initial examination, you can expect several visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached by your restorative dentist. The first step is placement of implants by your surgeon. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Most patients report that surgery was easier than they had anticipated. Any discomfort is usually treated with over the counter pain medications. Your surgeon will prescribe any additional medications that are necessary. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
COURSE OF TREATMENT
INSTALLING OF A FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your surgeon to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
|1: Before the procedure
Three teeth at back of the mouth are missing. One treatment option is placement of an implant supported fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on two dental implants.
|2: Placing the implants|
First, the implants are placed by your surgeon. This is normally done in a single session.
|3: Attaching the bridge
The implants need to integrate with the bone before the permanent bridge is attached by your dentist. Bridge placement is normally done several months after the implant surgery. The time will vary, depending on the teeth involved, as well as functional and esthetic demands.
|4: End result|
The new bridge will handle all of the pressure that your strong, natural teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.
ALTERNATIVES TO DENTAL IMPLANTS
||Removable partial denture|
This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit difficult to use. Stability and function cannot be compared to that of implants. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its appearance. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.